Beautiful cottage, in a stunning location. Has everything you need, plus a lovely selection of wine left by the owners!
If you want a quiet, peaceful location to relax in then this is the place! The pool is breathtaking too!!
It was our intention to do some walking in the mountains, but eventually the boots were left untouched for a week in a corner of the living room. Pian di Lucca indeed is a marvelous place to stay and we immediately felt at home in “our mountain cottage”.
Photos on the internet offer truthful images of what you can expect. The house is very neat and comfortable, though simply furnished. The kitchen offers plenty of space to prepare dishes but of course we also tried the pizza-oven and the BBQ. Wonderful. The quality of the beds was up to the standards of the rest of the house. Although we stayed in July, nights were pleasantly cool, presumably because the house is situated at 900 meters of altitude.
The house is situated in a very quiet setting on a large terrain which is entirely fenced off so children can play adventurous games without their parents having to worry about their safety. By the way, despite the isolation we never felt unsafe, we rather felt in harmony with surrounding nature.
During our stay, a technical problem with the pool, the masterpiece of it all, occurred. We easily managed to get into contact with Paolo’s daughter and still the same day Paolo’s son and a friend replaced the defective valve by a new one. No worries, simply top service, and reliability. Our gratitude to Paolo and family for this.
There are a limited number of (small) restaurants in the nearby hamlets or villages (e.g. Carregine 10 minutes). The use of a car is necessary for this but the mountain roads are well practicable and traffic is in any case not dense. It takes about 20 minutes downhill to Castelnuovo which is a pleasant town with shops and gelateria’s (!) but also a medium sized supermarket in the outskirts of town (Via Valmaira) which offers all you need, so no need to go to Galliciano.
And, finally, in case you or your digital natives might need it … the wifi at Pian di Lucca is very stable.
The view the pool the wood fired oven the wine the food the people the firer flies oh and did I meantion the view!!!?
This little stone cottage on top of a mountain was so rustic and peaceful. The drive up takes 15-20 mins on some classic Italian curvy roads, not for the faint hearted but we loved being away from it all, although you pass through a few little villages where the licals are very welcoming dispute our limited Italian! There is a large supermarket about 30 mins away or little village shops nearer if you just need the basics.
We stayed in Pisa for a couple of nights before our rental and did a day trip to Florence whilst there. We got a train from Lucca which took a little over an hour.
The cottage is rustic although has a fairly midern bathroom, reasonable wifi with a tv geared for Netflix which we subscribe to which came in handy when we had a few wet evenings.
The pizza oven is fab and we used it every night to cook whatever we were eating, loved it!
The crowing glory is the pool area and of course the view, they really are AMAZING!
The whole rental experience was great from Lorraine at Tuscan retreats to Paulo on his scooter checking we were ok!
If you want a little slice of Tuscany away from the crowds check this place out! Would definitely return.
Many thanks for having us!
Pian de Luca is a little gem! From the moment we arrived we knew we were going to love the place. The setting is so beautiful and the views are absolutely stunning. We were met on arrival by our host, Paolo, who left us a very generous gift of wine from the family vineyard. We spent most evenings relaxing by the pool, surrounded by the beautiful scenery, enjoying the wine while the sun disappeared behind the hills – a very relaxing end to the day. Our stay was middle to end of May so the pool was still chilly but it was lovely to lounge beside and dip a toe! The cottage was very comfortable and had everything we needed and I’m sure that had we had any issues Paolo would have rectified these. The large garden has plenty of places to sit, either in the shade or the sun and admire the view. It is off the beaten track; a car is absolutely necessary, but the roads, though windy, are fairly quiet and the area is really not touristy. In the local restaurants there were few English menus to be found - some restaurants had only verbal menus, but everyone is very friendly and the language barrier was not a problem. There are plenty of pretty towns and villages to visit locally, if you can drag yourself away from the cottage. Pian de Luca is definitely a place to which I would love to return and I have wonderful memories of our time spent there.
We have stayed in some wonderful places in Europe, but this cottage and its location beat them all. The friendly welcome we received from Paolo and Paola was a perfect start to our two week stay, as was the welcome gift of excellent local wine. The cottage is spacious and comfortable with a large kitchen, including a marble topped table, perfect for kneeding dough to make bread and pizza. We barbecued many times and made use of the pizza oven which was a lot of fun.
The pool was spotlessly clean and larger than the photograph gave it credit. The views were outstanding as was the tranquility accented by daylong birdsong. The weather was perfect and the pool area catered for lounging in the sun or sitting and eating in the shade. The garden is an exciting and safe place for children to have fun and invent their own adventures (we'll have to return with Grandchildren in the future!). Relaxation came naturally and stress was forgotten in moments.
Every evening fireflies came out to play and we were entertained by dozens of Tinker Bells. The local roads were very quiet, making it easy to walk and admire the stunning scenery and local villages. The wild flowers were so beautiful and the wild strawberries a nice surprise. The 20 minute drive into Castelnuovo di Garfagnana made shopping and eating out easy. Other local historical and scenic sights were within a comfortable drive with something different to see around every corner. Barga is beautiful as is Luca, which we travelled to by train from the station in Castelnuovo.
We had the most amazing holiday and cannot recommend Pian Di Luca enough. You have to stay here; it will amaze you and on your return you will very quickly run out of superlatives when describing it to family and friends.
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